Yorkshire soldiers heaped with Royal praise

Nearly 400 soldiers from Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire were awarded operational medals at a special presentation at Richmond Castle.

The soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment based at Somme Barracks have taken part in two four-month operational tours on Operation Toral 5 - the first time they have deployed as a regiment to Afghanistan since 2012. Their last deployment was to Iraq in 2014.

His Royal Highness the Duke of York attended the parade on as the Regiment’s Colonel-in-Chief.

Lieutenant Colonel Sam Humphris, Commanding Officer, said of his soldiers: “They absolutely set the standard in Kabul, both in their day-to-day business of protecting the high tempo ‘train, advise and assist’ mission; but also whenever they have been required to respond to attacks or conduct deliberate operations.

As a result we have saved many lives and made safe many others and those tallies are but two of the Battalion's impressive legacies to the mission.  It has been my greatest privilege to serve with them on operations and to share their many successes. They have been magnificent.”

His Royal Highness the Duke of York today praised the highest standards of performance of hundreds of soldiers who have recently returned from operations in Afghanistan.

Speaking as Colonel-in-Chief of The Yorkshire Regiment during the Medals Parade at Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire the Duke said the soldiers from the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS) had excelled through their commitment and professionalism.

Lieutenant Colonel Sam Humphris, 2 YORKS Commanding Officer, said:

“They have worked exceptionally hard, recognised that operational excellence is a journey without end and understood the need for humility, given the mercurial and sophisticated nature of the enemy they faced.

“Whilst the lethality of attacks in Kabul has increased, a constant in our tenure has been the accuracy, professionalism and precision of all of our soldiers. They have absolutely set the standard in Kabul, both in their day-to-day business of protecting the high tempo ‘train, advise and assist’ mission; but also whenever they have been required to respond to attacks or conduct deliberate operations.